The owners of a Honda CRV contacted the Monument PD to report that their vehicle had been stolen from their residence during the night.
A Monument police officer verified the theft and had the vehicle information entered into the state and federal crime computers. This routine action automatically activated the LoJack® System concealed in the Honda.
Minutes later investigators with the BATTLE South Auto Theft Task Force, comprised of members of the Colorado Springs PD, Colorado State Patrol and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, were picking up the silent LoJack signals from the stolen Honda CRV with the LoJack Police Tracking Computers (PTCs) that are installed in patrol vehicles and aircraft.
Following the directional and audible cues from their PTCs, these investigators tracked the vehicle to a parking lot near Pikes Peak Blvd and Murray Street. They initiated a surveillance of the unoccupied vehicle in hopes that the suspects would return to the vehicle.
After a period of time when no suspects appeared the vehicle was recovered and valuable evidence was obtained that disclosed that the suspects had been using the stolen vehicle to commit multiple other crimes during the night involving theft and identity theft.
The BATTLE-South investigators are continuing this investigation and have several leads to pursue, additional victims to contact and have some potential suspects.
The victims were very happy to have their vehicle recovered undamaged and so quickly. They were especially pleased that the BATTLE-South ATTF was involved in the investigation as they are familiar with the excellent service and quality results of this Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority grant funded auto theft task force.
The current owners of the Honda were unaware that the LoJack® System had been installed in their vehicle by a previous owner in New Jersey in 2010.